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Visual Loudness: Grace Jones, Richard Bernstein, and the Aesthetics of Disco

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019. 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Reframing Fashion Studies: Performance, Gender, and the Body
Meeting Description: 

Professor Uri McMillan will present on his current book project which examines black and Latinx artistic production in relation to visual, sonic, and performance cultures of the late 1970s and early 1980s, sensorial forms of knowledge, and diasporic subjectivity. McMillan contextualizes these inquires in relation to interdisciplinary work in the humanities, particularly performance studies and feminist theory, highlighting the convergence of race, aesthetics, and style. He suggests the import of sensuous forms of knowledge and subterraneous modes of experience, which serve as catalysts for bold and iconoclastic aesthetic paradigms & new racial and gender epistemologies.

Professor McMillan is a cultural historian who researches and writes in the interstices between black cultural studies, performance studies, queer theory, and contemporary art. His first book, Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance (NYU, 2015) is on black performance art, objecthood, and avatars staged by black women artists. He has published articles on performance art, digital media, hip-hop, photography, and nineteenth-century performance cultures in varied arenas such as Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, and e-misferica (all are available for download at In addition, he has lectured at art museums, including MoMA PS1 and the Hammer Museum, and published numerous essays on black contemporary art for the Studio Museum of Harlem. His work has been supported by the Ford Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.